Our Collections at Nottingham Castle

Museum & Art Gallery

Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery stands on the site of a Castle built by the Normans to establish the rule of law over a famously rebellious city, where the Robin Hood legends began. The present Castle is an elegant 17th century Ducal Palace that was gutted by fire in 1831, by protesters demanding electoral reform, then refashioned and reopened in 1878 as the first municipal art gallery outside London. Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery is the base for the City’s important collections of Fine and Decorative Arts. The first floor gallery spaces host temporary exhibitions of regional, national and international artists. The majority of the Nottingham City Museums and Galleries’ collection of paintings are housed at the Castle, both on display and in store. Over 100 works are on public display in the architectural splendour of the ‘Long Gallery’. The collection was founded in 1878 and now numbers some 800 oil paintings, over 4000 watercolours, drawings and prints, saltglaze pottery, ceramics, silverware, glass and jewelry. A small collection of sculpture, including an extremely important collection of medieval ‘Nottingham’ alabasters. Contemporary art has also been collected from the founding of the museum, across all art forms. The links below will take you to pages giving more detail about some of the highlights of the collections, which are currently on display at Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. If you would like more information about our temporary exhibitions programme please click here.

Talks and Events

‘Samuel Wale’s drawings at Nottingham Castle Museum: designing illustrations for every taste’
A FREE talk with Dr Isabelle Baudino
11am, F Gallery
Normal entry admission to the Castle applies
Booking not required

Join us on Saturday 15 July for a talk about Samuel Wale, one of the eighteenth-century artists in our Collection, and a founder of the Royal Academy. His drawings for book illustrations feature in our current exhibition, Saving Treasures, Felix Joseph’s Gifts to Nottingham.

Dr Isabelle Baudino has been researching the significant contribution that Samuel Wale made to book illustrations in the eighteenth century and will be talking about Wale’s important original drawings in Nottingham’s Collection.

Please contact us at colette.griffin@nottinghamcity.gov.uk or 01158761433 if you have any queries.

Fine Art Painting Collection


Saltglaze Collection

Fine Art Highlights

Ballantyne Collection

Alabaster Collection

Behind the Scenes Blog

For more information about our collections please go to www.culturegrid.org.uk